Ada Lovelace, bride to the Earl of Lovelace William King and daughter of famed British poet Lord Byron, earned a much-deserved reputation of her own throughout her life. Her most notable work was performed alongside Charles Babbage, with whom she is accredited with the design of the world’s first mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. She is now revered as one of the individuals at the forefront of the rise of women in science and engineering fields, honoured with a day each October with the goal of “raising the profile of women in science, technology, engineering, and maths.” Her contributions, legacy, and ultimate impact upon the world cannot be overstated.

So, why all this talk of Ada Lovelace? Situated in the town of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire is a well-known landmark which bares the inspirational lady’s name. After previously housing offices for the former Ashfield Urban Council, and at one time a police station, Ada Lovelace House has now seen yet another redevelopment, turning the historic building into high-quality office space for surrounding businesses.

Ada Lovelace House, located on Urban Road, is now home to 1,658sq ft of office space intended for use by start-ups and SMEs in the area. Ashfield District Council and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership pumped around £280k into the redevelopment project, which Edd de Coverly, service director for place and communities at the districts council, says “represents a fantastic addition to Kirkby town centre, and to the Ashfield district as a whole.”

He further stated, “The high-quality office space resulting from this project will help to encourage new business to locate right in the heart of the town – creating jobs and boosting the economy for the people of Kirkby and Ashfield.

“We are pleased that a number of businesses are already showing interest in the space, and look forward to welcoming these businesses to Ada Lovelace House in the next few months.”

David Ralph, chief executive of D2N2, also commented, “There is a clear appetite for small business space in Ashfield and the Ada Lovelace House redevelopment is a means to help meet that need.”

Ada Lovelace House now offers seven offices with shared communal space and open-plan meeting areas. Interest has already been expressed in four of the units; a promising fact in the eyes of the developers.

The official reopening of the newly-repurposed building will take place on Tuesday 10th October 2017, a date which marks this year’s Ada Lovelace Day. Somewhat appropriate, don’t you think?

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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